Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the way, has always been my favorite, is … 0

Conway Agricultural Commission opposes pipeline

Friday, November 20, 2015

CONWAY — Conway’s Agricultural Commission has submitted its concerns to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project, which submitted a formal application to the agency Friday afternoon. The letter, signed by co-chairs Jason Silverman and Will Cote, laid out the commission’s concerns about harm to air, water and land quality posed by the proposed 30-inch diameter, 400-plus mile … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read a nonfiction text, article and editorial in The Recorder. In addition, they viewed and took … 0

‘Songs sometimes come at you’

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

When 23-year-old Tyler Conroy was a toddler, he didn’t use a blanket or binky to soothe himself — he used his “tapies.” Conroy, a Conway native who now lives in Sunderland, says he carried audio and video tapes … 0

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on … 2

Local filmmaker hits the road to speak for community co-ops

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Filmmaker Steve Alves is on a roll again, raising money once more for his documentary, “Food for Change.” But this time, the campaign for the 2013 film that began as a short promo for Green Fields Market has … 0

FRCOG seeks town approvals for regional emergency shelters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the next tornado, flood or power-killing snowstorm paralyzes Franklin County towns, will there be accessible shelters out of harm’s way for evacuees? In the two years after the Franklin County Regional Shelter Plan was introduced, Patricia Smith, senior land use planner for the Franklin County Regional Council … 0

Faith Matters: Where do you see God?

Friday, November 13, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief … 0

Neighbors: More local calendars released

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has just released its new 2016 calendar, which is filled with four-legged beauties. The calendar also includes more than 30 photos and bios of dogs that have been adopted. You can count off the days of 2016 … 0

Head of Conway School of Landscape Design resigns

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CONWAY — The director of the Conway School of Landscape Design has resigned, marking the third time that’s happened since the school was founded in 1972. Citing personal reasons, Paul Cawood Hellmund resigned effective Oct. 31. The board … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

Man who threatened Frontier gets jail time

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Sunderland man who threatened to carry out a mass shooting at Frontier Regional High School in Deerfield last fall will spend the next year behind bars and three years after that on heavy probation. Nicholas … 0

Conway joins anti-pipeline coalition

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CONWAY — Conway has become the latest Franklin County town to sign on with the Municipal Coalition Against the Pipeline. The Selectboard’s vote to join the group was unanimous Monday night. The new group seeks to organize towns … 0